Jan. 18th, 2017

Uh oh

Jan. 18th, 2017 02:10 pm
silailo: (compass)
I got an email this morning asking if I was still interested in a GS-7 position for locations in New Mexico and Arizona. I kind of freaked out. When I first applied, I did it mostly just to see what would happen, to see if I would be deemed qualified. I didn't think I'd ever hear from them. Now I'm sitting here with an internal, agonizing debate on how I should respond. Though it isn't an offer--and I don't know what the chances would be, I want to be ready in case they come back with one. I'd hate to say I'm interested and then decline. The only other GS-7 application I have out is for locations in Idaho, which I would most likely take if offered a job there, but that application closed just last week. This position in NM and AZ closed back in November. It's taken them this long to get this far in the process.

I want to say there will be more opportunities, but with the upcoming federal hiring freeze (which won't be stopped, I have no doubt), I may not see a position open up for a long, long time.

I just emailed my supervisor to ask her opinion, especially on what it's like down there if she's had experience there. I don't know if they're crappy forests or what.

What holds me back is the idea of not only having to travel so far, but also being so far away from my family. I don't know how some people do it, and I don't know if I could handle it. I spent nine months on the Oregon coast and saw my family once in a great while because they were eight hours away by car. That was probably one of the hardest things I ever did. I grew and learned a lot, but it was also terrible for me emotionally because I didn't have a strong social support network. My family cares about me more than anyone ever will. Making friends has become exceedingly difficult for me over the years.

Also there's the problem of my health insurance not being applicable there. I see my therapist twice a month and I have medications I take for my skin that I need refilled every so often.

Really, though, I'm leaning toward telling them I'm not interested. I just feel like the cons outweigh the pros.

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